Special Content for iPad Edition Includes:
- Albertine Rift — Behind-the-scenes video and timeline
- Great Rift Valley — A guided tour of the Albertine Rift area and an interactive look at the geology and wildlife of East Africa’s diverse landscape
- Iceman Unfrozen — An interactive look at the novel style art: Zoom in on the art and swipe through the narrative
- Gold Hoard — Video and Interactive Gallery: Meet metal detectorist Terry Herbert and take a 360-degree look at the gold cross he discovered
- Inside the Sami’s World — Intriguing, behind-the-scenes video of the Sami
Writers and photographers are available for interviews Oct. 15-Nov. 15 (See specifics below)
Rift in Paradise, by Robert Draper, photographed by Pascal Maitre and Joel Sartore (Page 82) This article is part of the National Geographic’s yearlong SEVEN BILLION series on global population. Africa’s Albertine Rift is a 920-mile-long geologic crease, rich in rainfall, deep lakes and biodiversity. It is home to gorillas, okapis, lions and other animals and a bounty of minerals ranging from gold and tin to coltan. It also has one of the highest human fertility rates in the world. As the population has soared, so has the desperate competition for land and resources. The area has been racked by landgrabs, waves of refugees, plundered national parks and violence between humans and against animals, raising the questions: “How can the conflict be stopped?” and “Will there be any room left for the wild?” In this poverty-stricken part of the continent only time will tell, but as the global population increases to 9 billion by 2045, this region of Africa shows what’s at stake in the decades ahead. Draper, Maitre and Sartore are available for interviews.
Iceman Unfrozen (cover story), by Stephen S. Hall, photographed by Robert Clark (Page 118) A man set out on a journey 5,300 years ago to an overlook in the Ötzal Alps, where he stopped to eat and was brutally murdered. His body, discovered in 1991, is the oldest accidentally preserved human ever found, and for years it has been frozen under precise conditions. To unlock the mystery of how Ötzi lived and died, scientists at the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology in Bolzano, Italy, decided to do a head-to-toe investigation, involving seven separate teams of surgeons, pathologists, microbiologists and technicians. In 2010 the first full-scale autopsy of the thawed body took place.
Mysterious Hoard, by Caroline Alexander, photographed by Robert Clark, art by Daniel Dociu (Page 38) In the late seventh century, a group of unknown travelers stepped off an old Roman road in the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia and buried a stash of treasure. The Staffordshire Hoard, as it is now called, was discovered 1,300 years later, in 2009, by an English metal detectorist scanning a farmer’s field. A cache of 3,500 gold, silver and garnet objects and fragments from early Anglo-Saxon times, the treasure is made up of bent or broken martial pieces and three religious objects, totaling close to $5.3 million in modern value. Who buried it and why? Alexander is available for interviews.
Boundless Rivers, by Joel K. Bourne, Jr., photographed by Michael Melford (Page 134) For most of the 20th century, the federal government seemed determined to dam virtually all the major rivers in the country, harnessing their power for electricity, irrigation, navigation, water supply and flood control, with little regard to the lasting effects on the rivers themselves. But in 1968 President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, sparing eight rivers and narrow buffer zones around them from dams and development. The Act was passed largely thanks to the work of twin brothers, John and Frank Craighead, and now covers 200 rivers in 39 states and Puerto Rico. Author Joel Bourne, Jr., writes of how crucial the Craigheads’ work was: “Because [they] and others loved moving, living, untarnished waters, we now have some left to cherish.” Bourne and Melford are available for interviews.
Life with Reindeer, by Jessica Benko, photographed by Erika Larsen (Page 62) “In the Sami’s homeland, spread across northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia, the notion of time is untethered from the cycles of the sun and is yoked instead to something far more important: the movement of the reindeer.” The Sami people, population around 70,000, have long depended on herding reindeer for their livelihood. Now with television and Internet at their fingertips, Sami children are facing cultural influences that could cause reindeer herding to disappear, and along with it, the Sami traditions. Benko and Larsen are available for interviews.
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